Fabulous Front Entrance :: patterned timber doors with a clear finish

One of the most striking types of fabulous front doors,
the timber door with a raised pattern,
relies on the pleasing composition of the mouldings
and the beauty of the timber itself.
Allowed to shine through, rather than being painted,
the grain and patterning of the timber creates a very 
welcoming ambience at the front entrance.
A glossy painted door can be sensational & sophisticated,
(who doesn't love a glossy black front door?)
while an oiled, or waxed, timber door 
is much quieter.
The beauty is there to be seen slowly.
It adds a sense of antiquity
(even on a modern house, like the top image),
as well as this more traditional house,
because it relies on a high level of craftsmanship.

Paint will cover a multitude of sins,
but a clear oil or wax finish will not.
So if your door is not in fabulous condition, 
this is probably not the right solution,
unless you love to see the patina of age & life.

And of course, you can add an opaque stain first,
to change the colour of the timber while still allowing the grain to be visible.
My absolute hands-down favourite product for this 
is Aquaoil from Quantum Timber Finishes,
but if you are not in Australia then any good locally made water-based
oil-rich opaque finish will nourish the timber and achieve a similar effect.
Oh I love this colour range!
Earthy colours which work beautifully across various architectural styles.
So if you are after a front door which is incredibly welcoming,
warm & inviting,
then have another look at patterned timber doors with 
a clear finish over them.

They really make a most fabulous front entrance, I think.
But do you agree?

images :: front door detail flipped house by marsh cashman koolos architects // 
houses for sale at 8 myoora st toorak + 23 poorhouse ave armadale via  //
aquaoil colour chart from quantum timber finishes